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Bar committee rejects blue-ribbon panel proposal to study exam

October 16, 2017 | Daily Journal
(Subscription required) The Committee of Bar Examiners on Friday rejected a proposal to ask the state Supreme Court to establish a blue ribbon commission that would evaluate the content, format and design of the bar exam.

Mendocino County courthouses isolated due to spreading wildfire

October 13, 2017 | Daily Journal
(Subscription required) “It’s getting worse because, although the fires were very large, the fires were contained within [Sonoma County],” Turner said. “Now that the fires are crossing counties and major roadways, I don’t know how people will get to court. It’s a big problem.”

Boy hurt by fallen tree can sue San Mateo County

October 12, 2017 | San Francisco Chronicle
The state Supreme Court has cleared the way for a 12-year-old boy, who was nearly killed when a 72-foot tree fell on his tent at a San Mateo County park, to sue the county for road-building and construction activities that allegedly helped to cause the collapse.

Courts Sidestep the Law, and South Carolina’s Poor Go to Jail

October 12, 2017 | New York Times
Larry Marsh has a history of mental illness and drug addiction. Homeless, he has no place to go. The police in this city have arrested or cited him more than 270 times for trespassing. In December, they got him four times in one day.

George Nicholson to Retire From Third District Court of Appeal

October 12, 2017 | Met News
George Nicholson—who was an outspoken critic of then-Chief Justice Rose Bird while executive director of the California District Attorneys Association from 1976-79 and was the Republican Party’s unsuccessful candidate for attorney general in 1982—yesterday announced his retirement as a justice of the Third District Court of Appeal, effective Jan. 2.

U.S. District Judge Beverly Reid O’Connell Dies

October 12, 2017 | Met News
Los Angeles Superior Court Daniel J. Buckley—on whose court O’Connell served from 2005 until her appointment to the federal court in 2013—said in an email to colleagues: “For years Bev has been the most beloved judicial officer in our county—actually, in our state—no matter the jurisdiction, level or assignment. When you were in the room with Bev, she made you feel special".

Fire advisory notices, poor air quality shut down courts in Fairfield

October 11, 2017 | The Reporter
Solano County Superior Court Clerk offices shut down at noon Wednesday, and all civil, probate and family law cases slated for today and Friday will be rescheduled, with fire advisories and poor air quality from the North Bay wildfires prompting the shutdown.

Wildfires affect courts, law offices in Sonoma, Napa counties

October 11, 2017 | Daily Journal
(Subscription required) “All of the courts, including satellite locations, in Sonoma County are closed until further notice,” said Joe Langenbahn, assistant to Sonoma County District Attorney Jill Ravitch. “It’s day to day.”

Appellate Justice George Nicholson Announces Retirement

October 11, 2017 | California Courts Newsroom
Court of Appeal Associate Justice George Nicholson, of the Third Appellate District, announced his retirement effective Jan. 2 after 30 years on the trial and appellate bench.
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